"I knew that the time to attack the club was close."
The wife of mass shooter Omar Mateen who opened fire in Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in June of 2016, killing 49 people, admitted to knowing what her husband was planning to do for months.
The report comes from USA Today in which they say Noor Salman, Mateen's wife, wrote by hand a 12-page report to the FBI stating she saw her husband preparing for the shooting.
This letter was released in late December 2017 but penned just hours after the attack when Sateen was questioned reports New Now Next.
Eventually, she was arrested for providing “material support” to a terrorist and tampering with evidence, charges of which she has pleaded not guilty.
She claims Mateen was physically abusive and did not know of his plot.
However, the defense argues that her claims are in direct conflict with the statements she gave the F.B.I. admitting that she knew of her husband’s plans when he left their home that night.
She said to agents, "my fears had come true and he did what he said he was going to do. I was in denial and I could not believe that the father of my child was going to hurt other people."
Salman’s attorneys are fighting to keep the letter from being submitted as evidence, saying she was interrogated after the shooting and not advised of her Miranda Rights.
But prosecutors say she wasn’t under arrest and everything she told them was voluntary.
In the statement, she says she joined her husband on several occasions to scope out possible attack sites including Walt Disney World before he settled on Pulse.
“How upset are people going to be when it gets attacked?” she claims Mateen said and, "This is my target,” after looking at the club's website.
She told F.B.I. agents, "I knew that the time to attack the club was close."
The day of the attack Mateen had a handgun and a backpack full of ammunition she told authorities.
"This was the time that he was going to do something bad."
"I knew when he left the house he was going to Orlando to attack the Pulse nightclub," she wrote.